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Everything posted by Dupin

  1. MisterSwig, I suspect – don’t know – that Barney organized this get-together to give the impresstion that Peikoff believes in him, that is, believes his story about the Church of Scientology being a benevolent enterprise when he ran five missions for nine years, and that Peikoff believes he runs his colleges honestly now. It looks like either Peikoff does believe these things or he isn’t paying attention. He has some excuse today for not paying attention because he’s quite up in years but he had no excuse 14 years ago when he allowed Barney on ARI’s board of directors. That was four years before Peikoff had McCaskey thrown out.
  2. MisterSwig, There’s something you might not know about. Leonard Peikoff recently celebrated his 86th birthday, and look where: https://CarlBarney.com/2019/10/21/leonard-peikoffs-86th-birthday-celebration/ (By the way, at least one of the statues you see in the video is by Richard Minns.)
  3. There were two exceptions, not that she wanted the Democrat to win, she just didn’t like the Republican. First Eisenhower in the elections of 1952 and 1956 (his Democratic opponent in both elections was Adlai Stevenson). She abstained from voting both times She hated Eisenhower for allowing the Soviet army into Eastern Europe. Second, Reagan in the election of 1980. She didn't like him for his betrayal of Ford in the previous election, for his exaggerating the power of the Soviet Union, and for his support of a national (not just state by state) ban on abortion. About Nixon, even in 1976 she said he was a “great improvement” over several earlier presidents “including Eisenthower.” (1976 Q&A of Peikoff’s lecture series “Philosophy of Objectivism”).
  4. Consider O.J. Simpson. Even after being found innocent at trial (incompetent judge, incompetent defense attorney, jury with an agenda) there is no question he was the murderer. Leonard Peikoff wrote a brief article in Tracinski’s now defunct The Intellectual Activist at the time decrying the verdict. That Minns wasn’t even questioned in the Piotowski Affair says more about Houston Police Department corruption than it does about his innocence. Minns was the prime mover in the shooting, the trigger-man behind the trigger-man. Now that Peikoff is retired he is not paying attention to what is happening in the very organization he founded.
  5. Well said, MisterSwig. It is why those in the Objectivist intellectual movement, especially those who want to promote its concept of egoism (and even if they disagree among themselves on some other matters) must separate themselves from Barney and Minns and call them out as the phonies that they are.
  6. Perhaps we can all agree on this: ARI is the sort of organization that promotes the likes of Carl Barney (predatory Church of Scientology honcho turned government fraudster) and Richard Minns (self-righteous murderer, braggart, egomaniac, and textbook psychopath).
  7. dream_weaver, It's pretty obvious. Independent, unorganized, intellectuals promoting the best of Rand. Rand in The Objectivist, May 1968, refers to “a philosophical or intellectual movement, in the sense of a growing trend among a number of independent individuals sharing the same ideas.” She approves of such an intellectual movement but not an organized movement (like ARI, which of course she doesn't mention explicitly not having a crystal ball). Rand in The Objectivist, June 1968: “I regard the spread of Objectivism through today’s culture as an intellectual movement – i.e. a trend among independent individuals who share the same ideas – but not as an organized movement."
  8. MisterSwig, You should be a lawyer, LOL. Objectivist or not he sure can spout Objectivist boilerplate: hayhillgallery·com/minns/atlas1.htm “... because of increasing government controls to establish a state of total collectivism, the weight of freeloaders is too much [for Atlas] to bear. ... Atlas breaks out of the suffocating World of Collectivism. ... After Atlas is free of the world of Collectivism, he will then create his own perfect world ..., conceived in freedom of individual rights and embodied in laissez-faire capitalism ... artlyst·com/whats-on-archive/richard-minns-meet-the-artist-evening-hay-hill-gallery “[Atlas] challenges us to exert our individual force, shatter the state of total collectivism and live freely. This struggle of individualism versus collectivism is not a political ideal but concerns a man’s soul. The idea mirrors Ayn Rand’s beliefs that the individual is of supreme value, the “fountainhead” of creativity, and that selfishness, properly understood as ethical egoism, is a virtue.” Properly understood! Express your disgust in 25 words or less.
  9. dream_weaver, Ever since Rand wrote The Fountainhead her defenders have had to deal with people claiming that she advocated “walking over and stomping on anybody you don’t like” – something along those lines. And now ARI, TOS, TAS promote someone who does just that, and who claims Rand had a “profound influence” on his life, and who calls himself an “Ayn Rand archetype” – see any of the three links at the end of my last post. To repeat, a propaganda disaster.
  10. dream_weaver, I’m not sure what an Objectivist sculptor is either but that’s what the TAS CEO called Minns. When I wrote “his history should be of interest to people interested in Objectivism” I should have said “the Objectvist movement.” The murder-for-hire and Minns' subsequent history is a disaster from a propaganda point of view, that is, the spread of Rand’s ideas. Eiuol, If you investigate this affair I don’t think you would say Minns “skirts moral norms.” He hired a hit man who pumped four .44 caliber rounds into Barabara Piotrowski’s back. Who or what has pretty good marks? Apparently Minns sees himself as a Roarkian hero hated for his virtue. I don’t see the point in trying to enter into his self-deception. MisterSwig, Where did you unearth the “Artist as Atlas” article? I’d very much like to have a link. Minns claims to be an Objectivist and even boasts that he is a Rand hero. See for example (bracketing the dot in dot com so as not to increase the search ranking): hayhillgallery[.]com/minns/atlas3.htm hayhillgallery[.]com/minns/atlas1.htm artlyst[.]com/whats-on-archive/richard-minns-meet-the-artist-evening-hay-hill-gallery
  11. Eiuol, Indeed, it is very well known. An acquaintance who lived in the Houston area at the time said the hit and the aftermath was big news throughout the entire state of Texas. (Minns was quite well known because of his health spa business.) Some people in each of ARI, TOS, and TAS have at one time or another promoted Minns. They have no excuse for not knowing his history. Everybody looks up people on the Internet. Some of them must have found out, and the case is so horrendous they would have told the others about it. Anyway, if they are reading this discussion they know now.
  12. dream_weaver, Richard Mimms presents himself as, and some people in Objectivist circles have called him, an “Objectivist sculptor.” His history should be of interest to people interested in Objectivism. Correct, there is no statute of limitation on murder. But now Minns is 90 or pushing 90. He got away with it as much as matters. That the HPD didn’t touch him speaks to the corruption in the HPD. Read the two court case links in my last post. Even the judges thought the HPD was corrupt. From the first: “The State’s evidence shows that, in July, 1980, appellant [Bell] asked at least two people to kill complainant [Barbara] at the behest of Minns.” From the second: “This is a disturbing case-both in terms of what happened to Piotrowski and how members of the Houston Police Department (“HPD”) conducted themselves before and after the shooting. Piotrowski was shot and rendered a paraplegic by a hit man procured by her ex-boyfriend, Richard Minns. The evidence connected members of the Houston police and fire departments to Minns and his hired investigator Dudley Bell in acts that harassed and threatened Piotrowski before the shooting.”
  13. dream_weaver, He wasn't even questioned about it ! During the entire investigation the police left him completely alone.
  14. dream_weaver, It’s true that Ivery (the trigger man) and Steen (the get away driver) were convicted and sent to prison. As was Robert Anderson who hired them. As was Dudley Bell who hired HIM. And Richard Minns hired Bell. He was the “prime mover,” the man who pulled the trigger on the process that ended with four bullets in Barbara’s back. See http://www.leagle.com/decision/19891558768sw2d79011469 and https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-5th-circuit/1120575.html
  15. Eiuol, It is the sculptor Richard Minns whose middle initial is L, good grief. The reason he ultimately won the lawsuit is that he fled the country when it was brought and stayed out. His claim that he couldn’t attend court because of a medical condition is ridiculous. Barbara, the victim, was not rich. I doubt she could afford to continue fighting. Both the criminal and civil aspect was a travesty of justice. This was a cold blooded murder-for-hire and Minns got away with it. Read more about it than the link you posted. ADDED: Search on richard minns ayn rand and read him saying at an exhibition of his "Atlas Shrugged" sculptures in London that he is an Ayn Rand hero. It is beyond disgusting.
  16. dream_weaver, Carl Biddle wrote an article about a tribute to Carl Barney, saying it was wonderful. The article featured a photo of Barney and Richard Minns being quite chummy: https://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2019/06/a-wonderful-tribute-to-carl-barney/ Yet Richard Minns is a truly awful man. If morality means anything no decent person would want to be associated with him. Biddle and Barney, and others in Objectivist circles, are making a big mistake. On the other hand it may not be a mistake; it's hard to believe they don't know about him from the Internet.
  17. dream_weaver, I don’t know why you speak in a riddle. In the Yukon you pan for gold nuggets in the mud of rivers. If you found a gold nugget – something that might be one – you would examine it very closely. Maybe you intend a metaphor something like this: If you pan for interesting facts surrounding the TOS article and find something bizarre, you should examine it very closely. Well, someone has. If you search on “richard minns” you can find the article “Who Is Richard Minns?” and it is a pretty thorough look at the case.
  18. This British article reviews and event in London 2016 that featured Yaron Brook and Richard Minns. https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/xd5k5k/dawn-foster-ayn-rand-yaron-brook-388 It’s the usual hatchet job on Rand – Wikipeidia says the author is an avowed Leftist – but this part made me perk up: Weirder and Weirder.
  19. The first sentence of Craig Biddle’s article is: I’d never heard of Richard Minns. Searching on him you get a lot of newspaper articles and court records about his time in Houston, assuming it’s the same guy – which would be really, really weird if it is. Anyone here have firsthand knowledge of him?
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  21. Thanks for the link. Ten different vaccines in the first year? The author forestalls common sense with this gem: “For some parents, common sense tells them that this is too many, and they should be spread out. Of course, common sense also tells us the earth is flat and that the sun revolves around the earth.” This is as much an argument as: “Common sense tells us that eating sand is a bad diet, but then common sense also tells us that the earth is flat and the ...” Anyone who objects to anything about vaccines the author lumps in with “anti-vaxer.” That’s why I like the first article I linked to by Dr. Meryl Nass. She doesn’t say she is anti-vaccination, she asks what there might be to criticize about the promoted vaccination program.
  22. Dr. Meryl Nass has an article on Pertussis. Since A Shot in the Dark came out, and I think partly in response to the splash it made, the Pertussis part of DPT was changed to what they had been using in Europe for some time and it is less dangerous today. From reading the book, the evidence of an adverse reaction to the DPT vaccine in the earlier years was a persistent, inconsolable, single pitched scream, and the cause and result was brain damage. One thing that will stay with me after reading that book is that vaccine manufacturers cannot be trusted. If a child is otherwise healthy, whooping cough is not a major disease. Furthermore, should the child get whooping cough, there are better ways of treating it today. And even yesteryear, without treatment, it almost always was not life threatening.
  23. Objectivist oldtimers may remember Dr. Jane Orient. ARI featured her prominently in the 1990s for her writing against various regulations restricting doctors, especially regarding Medicare. She is still concerned about his, for example Medicare for Bernie. She ialso opposes making vaccination mandatory. See for example: Statement on Federal Vaccine Mandates. Two other doctors with something to say on the side of skepticism are Dr. Meryl Nass: Missing, hidden and destroyed adverse event data. Who vaccinates? and the lawyer Patricia Finn. She has a website and you can look her up with a search engine and in YouTube for more. Gus van Horn is uninformed on the subject of vaccination. I first got interested in the subject after reading A Shot in the Dark: Why the P in the DPT Vaccination May be Hazardous to Your Child's Health, the P standing for Pertussis (whooping cough).
  24. Craig Biddle has added two new parts to his TOS article, the original article is now Part One. Part Three is by Carl Barney except for a one sentence introduction by Biddle. Part Two is like Part One but there are new details in Part Three.
  25. The “Woman who sleeps” article paints with too broad a brush: Intense EMF, such as emitted by a cell phone transmitting antenna clapped to the side the head, could do harm in other ways. Warning: Your Cell Phone May Be Hazardous to Your Health That was written in 2010. In more recent cell phone models, some anyway, the antenna is at the mouth end instead of the ear end, presumably so it will not be so close to the head.
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